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On catchers

Ken Rosenthal has a piece on the shortage of catchers in baseball right now, focusing primarily on Jason Kendall and Jorge Posada and their current declines. Rosenthal goes on to say:

The Dodgers, Braves and Angels are perhaps the only clubs deep in young catching.

I'd say that the Rangers, with Gerald Laird, Mike Nickeas, Taylor Teagarden, plus Billy Killean and Cristian Santana, are pretty deep in young catchers, as well.

And you can now add Emerson Frostad to the group of Rangers catching prospects. Frostad just turned 23, and was a 13th round pick out of Lewis & Clark College in 2003. He just repeated low-A Clinton last year, posting a 795 OPS as a 22 year old third baseman. He's got decent plate discipline and some pop, so if he takes to the conversion to catching, he could possibly be a decent prospect.

One of the things the Rangers have tried to focus on of late is getting more catching depth within the system, and solid catching prospects can always be used as trade bait, since it is so rare for teams to have much in the way of young catching in their organization. Daniels seems to be setting the Rangers up to be able to deal from a position of strength when talking to teams that are looking for catching prospects...